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UA Libraries Special Collections Hosts Annual Milton Marathon

Date: November 17, 2006

Contact: Bonnie Travers

Description: Paradise Lost, the magnificent epic poem by one of the supreme writers in English Literature will be the focus of continuous readings at the University of Arizona Library Special Collections Friday, November 17, 2006 beginning at 8am and continuing until 8 pm.

Participants from the University and wider community are encouraged to take a turn at the open mike reading a passage in sequence from the poem or take advantage of an

opportunity to hear this poem, first printed in 1667, read aloud.

John Milton, noted historian, scholar, pamphleteer, civil servant, and interpreter of the Puritan revolution is recognized as one of the greatest poets of the English language.

Best known for his great epic poem, Paradise Lost, the blind 17th century writer’s canon speaks to universal political, literary, and social themes relevant in our own times.

Dr. John Ulreich, professor of English at the University of Arizona, states, “By celebrating the achievement of Milton's great poem, Paradise Lost, we affirm the enduring relevance of poetry."

This event which is sponsored by The Department of English, The College of Humanities, and Marlys Witte is free and open to the public. Metered parking is available near the library and adjacent to Arizona Stadium. After 5 pm parking is free in the Cherry Street Garage.

For more information call the UA English Department at 621-1836 or Dr. John Ulreich at 621-5424.